|1.||any weaverbird of the genus Passer and related genera, esp the house sparrow, having a brown or grey plumage and feeding on seeds or insects|
|2.||(US), (Canadian) any of various North American finches, such as the chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina), that have a dullish streaked plumage|
|[Old English spearwa; related to Old Norse spörr, Old High German sparo]|
Mentioned among the offerings made by the very poor. Two sparrows were sold for a farthing (Matt. 10:29), and five for two farthings (Luke 12:6). The Hebrew word thus rendered is _tsippor_, which properly denotes the whole family of small birds which feed on grain (Lev. 14:4; Ps. 84:3; 102:7). The Greek word of the New Testament is _strouthion_ (Matt. 10:29-31), which is thus correctly rendered.